The NSA Is Collecting Emails and Texts for Just Mentioning "Targets"

There's a story in the New York Times today that details how the NSA hasn't just been tracking communications to and from (potential) foreigners of interest—it's actually tracking all emails and text messages that potentially mention these targets. That dragnet just got a lot wider. This is the actualization of the… » 8/08/13 12:06pm 8/08/13 12:06pm

What Is PRISM?

Last night, the Washington Post and Guardian dropped concurrent bombshell reports. Their subject was PRISM, a covert collaboration between the NSA, FBI, and nearly every tech company you rely on daily. PRISM has allowed the government unprecedented access to your personal information for at least the last six years.… » 6/07/13 10:10am 6/07/13 10:10am

Sprint to Humans: We Know Where You Are, and So Do the Police

In the last year alone, Sprint turned over users' GPS data to authorities 8 million times. While that number is misleadingly high—this could translate to under a thousand individual users—it's still terrifying. But wait, it gets even better! » 12/02/09 12:59pm 12/02/09 12:59pm

House Denies Warrantless Wiretapping Immunity For Telcos

In a textbook display of checks and balances, the House of Representatives defied President Bush and the Senate yesterday by passing their version of a surveillance bill without legal immunity for telcos. The bill passed by only 16 votes, far from the 2/3 majority needed to override Bush's inevitable veto. It looks… » 3/15/08 1:55pm 3/15/08 1:55pm

Whistleblower Says the Feds Are Spying on Your (Verizon) Mobile Phone…

Not sweating the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program 'cause you don't have a landline, just a mobile? Tell your glands to kick in again. A computer security consultant working for a wireless carrier—probably Verizon—stumbled upon a high-speed backdoor built into the carrier's network for the Feds to pull anything… » 3/05/08 10:00pm 3/05/08 10:00pm

President Bush: You Should Thank Telcos For Spying On You, You…

While many people who value their privacy got pretty pissed when they found out that companies such as AT&T were illegally tapping their phones for the NSA, President Bush doesn't see it that way. In fact, he thinks the wiretapping telcos are American heroes, and anyone who thinks differently is straight-up unpatriotic. » 3/05/08 10:55am 3/05/08 10:55am

NSA Gets the Best AT&T Coverage Around

Yes, this is real, and spectacular. The Billboard Liberation Front has launched an "improvement" campaign on AT&T billboards in the SF area "to promote and celebrate the innovative collaboration of these two global communications giants" with their massive warrantless domestic spying program (explained by a cute bear).… » 2/28/08 3:20pm 2/28/08 3:20pm

Snuggly the Security Bear Explains: Warrantless Wiretapping Is All…

If you're still confused about the whole warrantless domestic spying program that the telecoms colluded with the government on (which is being conveniently shuffled away from official scrutiny, forever), Snuggly the Security Bear by Mark Fiore sums it all up in the absolute cuddliest way possible. [Mark Fiore via » 2/14/08 11:25pm 2/14/08 11:25pm

Last Chance to Save Our Privacy Rights from Warrantless Domestic Spying

While the Senate passed the bill giving telecoms like AT&T and Verizon a free pass on their collusion with government to warrentlessly wiretap American citizens, there's one last hope we might one day find out the scope and depth of the program. The House's version of the bill does not include a telecom immunity… » 2/14/08 8:14am 2/14/08 8:14am

Senate Gives Telcos Free Pass On Warrantless Domestic Spying Program

Joel at BBG writes in five precise words what it means that the Senate has just granted retroactive immunity to telcos (AT&T, Verizon and others) for participating in the government's warrantless wiretapping program that spied on American citizens: "We Lost. The Telcos Won." » 2/12/08 6:30pm 2/12/08 6:30pm

FBI Wiretaps Shut Down:The Feds Weren't Paying the Bills (and Other…

Here is a comforting thought for you. Apparently the FBI has routinely failed to pay telecom companies for providing phone and internet lines that they had been using for wiretaps and other super-secret surveillance. This has resulted in at least one company cutting a foreign intelligence wiretap until the bill is… » 1/10/08 6:57pm 1/10/08 6:57pm

Senate Set to Give Retroactive Immunity to AT&T and Other Telcos for…

Should AT&T and the other telcos involved (like Verizon) get a total pass for participating in the NSA's domestic wiretapping program that let the government eavesdrop on Americans without a warrant? The Senate's thisclose to giving them immunity from lawsuits like the one the Electronic Freedom Foundation's filed… » 12/17/07 3:20pm 12/17/07 3:20pm

Video: The AT&T Wiretapping Dealio Explained in Two Minutes

This clip, featuring AT&T whisteblower Mark Klein, was thrown together by Senator Chris Dodd's staff and neatly wraps up the basics of the snooping allegations the EFF's pursuing against AT&T. He's apparently rubbing elbows in DC this week to explain the issue to Congressional types. If his spiel gets at all… » 11/08/07 4:00am 11/08/07 4:00am